Leadwerks is the easiest way to make games that look amazing.  With a rapid development pipeline, support for C++ and Lua programming, and plenty of learning materials, Leadwerks is the perfect platform for your next project.

  • ADVANCED GRAPHICS: Leadwerks brings AAA graphics to the masses, with hardware tessellation, geometry shaders, and a deferred renderer with up to 32x MSAA.  Our renderer redefines realtime with image quality more like a cg render than real-time games of the past.  The use of OpenGL 4.0 provides equivalent graphics to DirectX 11, with cross-platform support across operating systems.
  • CSG MAPPING TOOLS MAKE LEVEL DESIGN FUN: Build game levels from scratch right in our editor with constructive solid geometry.  Our tools make it easy to sketch out your design and bring your ideas to life.  Anyone can build their own game worlds in Leadwerks, without having to be an expert artist.
  • BUILT ON THE INDUSTRY STANDARD: At it's heart, Leadwerks is a C++ library of functions you can call at any time, in any order.  Leadwerks uses industry-grade tools like Visual Studio and Xcode, so you'll be coding games like a pro.
  • INTEGRATED LUA SCRIPT EDITOR: We integrated Lua right into Leadwerks because of its proven track records in hundreds of AAA games including Crysis, World of Warcraft, and Garry's Mod. Lua integrates seamlessly with native code for rapid prototyping and instant control.  The built-in debugger lets you pause your game, step through code, and inspect every variable in the program in real-time.  Lua is perfect for beginners, and the integrated Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler ensures you can publish commercial games that perform blazingly fast.
  • VISUAL FLOWGRAPH: Our unique visual flowgraph enables designers to set up game mechanics, build interactions, and design advanced scripted sequences, without touching a line of code.  The flowgraph system integrates seamlessly with Lua script, allowing script programmers to expose their own functions and add new possibilities for gameplay.
  • ROYALTY-FREE LICENSE: Your games you make with Leadwerks are yours.  Yours to play, yours to sell, yours to give away, or do whatever you want with.  There's no royalties to pay, ever.

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About Dangerous Rays with 0 comments by LonelyBitsGames on Jul 27th, 2014

Dangerous Rays Alpha 14 is now released and this is the biggest update made for the game so far !With numerous core engine enhancements, improved graphics, destructible crates, new weapons and improved gameplay this update make Dangerous Rays more interesting and a great base for the future updates.More than 50 new decorative objects were added into the game to improve buildings interiors, some meshes like the car tires have been replaced with more high definition ones. Lighting is now more realistic and contrast is better, thanks to the new Color Grading feature made in this update. On the gameplay side you may like our new destructible crates system, you can now break crates and they will randomly spawn some useful loot if you are lucky. Watch for some green crates if you wanna to find some gun ammo ! You can see those crates and some other improvements like objects physics impact sound by watching the video below.

As you can see in the video there is some new melee weapons, in fact there is 7 new melee weapons and one new M1911 handgun ! Ammo boxes textures has been also updated to have a better look.Look at those new toys, aren't they lovely ?!

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The grass is updated (again) to look more realistic with some new color variation and some brand new plants that you may find growing into the grass.

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6 new small buildings made by MxThe are now spawned in the game world and they really have a "S.T.A.L.K.E.R look". Some of them are destroyed and fit really well into Dangerous Rays universe.

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The game now support some custom made inventory icons (they were generated automatically before) so now inventory items look much better and is it easier to identify various items.

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Cone Step Mapping feature is now officially supported by the engine and it will improve some surfaces quite a lot giving the illusion of relief on some flat surfaces ! Don't forget to enable this feature in the graphics settings menu !

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If you have some 3D red/cyan glasses, you can now enable "Anaglyph 3D" feature in the graphics setting menu but be carefull and don't puke everywere on your desk.

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 Please read the changelog to know everything about this update. Next week will be dedicated to the work on the official website, forums, and our official greenlight page that will be online very soon ! And we will need all your support to get Dangerous Rays distributed on Steam so please check the DangerousRays.com website regularly ase there will be a lot of update there.Also if you have bought the supporter edition of Dangerous Rays you will have your name showed in a special section of the website and soon in the ingame credits. You will receive the update link in your mail box in less than one hour. Thanks a lot for your support. And see you in the next dev diary for a lot of announcements. :)

 IMPORTANT NOTICE: You need to uninstall the old version of the game before installing this Alpha 14 version or your game may not work correctly !


- Added more than 50 new decorative objects (beds, drawers, sinks...)
- Added 2 new small houses 
- Added 4 new destroyed houses
- Added destructible crates that drop some objects to loot
- Added objects physic impact sounds
- Added objects physic impact particle effect
- Added custom objects inventory icons support
- New gun: M1911
- New melee weapon: CrowBar
- New melee weapon: Chef Knife
- New melee weapon: Cleaver
- New melee weapon: Combat Knife
- New melee weapon: Femur
- New melee weapon: Lug Wrench
- New melee weapon: Truncheon
- Added Color Grading engine graphic feature (better colors, more contrast)
- Added Official Cone Step Mapping feature support (advanced relief effect on some textures) 
- Added grass plants in the grass generation system
- Added new sun specular reflections graphic engine feature (metallic surfaces now reflect according to sun position)
- Added new dynamic cursor 
- Added new food cans in the game world
- Added sounds when player open/close inventory
- Added new particle effect when hitting objects with melee weapons
- Added multiple attack animations support for melee weapons
- Added 3D anaglyph rendering support (accessible in the game settings menus)
- Added dynamic moving clouds layer (only working for NVidia graphic cards for now)
- "view_wireframe", "view_bulletstrajectory", "view_bulletsimpacts", "weather_setovercast", "weather_setinstantovercast", "daycycle_acceleratetohour" consoles commands are now available even if dev mode is not enabled
- Added new console command "actor_spawn" that spawn entities of the game like weapons where your cursor is pointing at. for example type "actor_spawn crowbar::weapon" in console to spawn a crowbar.


- Improved XML file parsing system performances and compatibility
- Global engine lighting overhaul (Much improved realism)
- Much improved buildings interiors with plenty of new objects
- Improved forests generation quality
- Optimized grass generation speed (25% faster)
- Improved grass generation quality
- Increased SSAO effect coverage
- Optimized SSAO graphic effect (25% performance improvement when SSAO enabled)
- Optimized Bloom graphic effect (20% performance improvement when Bloom enabled)
- Removed "SSAO Quality" graphic setting (not useful anymore because of the SSAO optimization)
- Improved grass shading
- Increased grass draw distance by 20%
- Improved grass and plants loading system performance (reducing ingame micro-freezes)
- Plants are now also affected by the "grass density" setting
- Improved sound sources reverb calculations performance
- Escape key can't be used to close the inventory anymore 
- Improved depth of field effect
- Improved barn building mesh
- Improved items icons quality
- Spawned ammoboxes bullets count is now randomized
- Reduced objects white edges graphical glitch under bad weather conditions
- Improved clouds color realism
- Optimized game configs system
- Fire can now cause damage to player
- Improved game startup speed
- Reduced camera bob frequency when sprinting
- Lowered default mouse sensitivity
- Improved lighting specular reflections
- Reduced player object throwing force
- Reduced items bar transparency amount
- Various food properties tweak (more realistic nutrition and hydration values)
- Food / Drink effect on hunger and thirst is now instant for less confusion
- Improved ammoboxes meshes
- Improved melee weapons impact sound effects
- Trilinear filtering is now mandatory and not exposed in the userconfig file anymore.
- Ambient music is now played more frequently
- Screenshots naming convention changed from day-month-year-hour-minute-second.jpg to year-month-day-hour-minute-second.jpg (viewtopic.php?f=10&t=285)
- Various graphic engine optimizations
- Various engine code architecture improvements


- Fixed player underwater movement glitch (WARNING: Swimming is not implemented yet !)
- Fixed clouds graphic artifact (Dangerousrays.com)
- Fixed player able to climb ladder with weapons or other equipped items in hands
- Fixed player able to climb ladder while grabbing objects
- Fixed wrong scaling of some trees
- Fixed "meleeweapon_pvmbaseoffset" property not taken in account in weapons configs
- Fixed zone fail to load bug when world name contain some spaces
- Fixed crash when loading a missing sound
- Fixed "You eat: ..." hint message when drinking water
- Fixed ammoboxes inventory info window not displaying anything
- Fixed wrong sound effect played when drinking water
- Fixed game interaction cursor disappearing after mounting ladder
- Fixed fire sources memory leak 
- Fixed some minor UI related bugs
- Fixed some rare crash opportunities
- Various other small bug fixes 

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Point. Jun 1 2014, 5:27pm says:

The thing is catch me, map editor similar to hammer!
Great job, and oh yes, real-time shadows in viewport!

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JoshKlint Jun 9 2014, 6:14pm replied:

It now exports to VMF format, too. I've only tried it with the Left 4 Dead SDK but the texture mapping planes are perfectly retained in Hammer. Also added texture lock mode.

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Crypt Jun 9 2014, 5:43am replied:

It looks similar but it functions far worse. But the WYSIWYG viewport is quite nice!

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Vakranis May 20 2014, 12:48pm says:

Its not crysis. But its good aswell :3 really cool

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Crypt May 20 2014, 1:24pm replied:

Have you spent any time with this engine at all? The graphics aren't the only thing to look at in an engine, and this one is just not fun and awkward to use, I sincerely wish there was a demo before I bought it.

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JoshKlint May 20 2014, 1:46pm replied:

Specifically what are you having trouble with? We've worked very hard to make the development experience smooth and enjoyable. Was there any problems you ran into?

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Crypt May 20 2014, 2:59pm replied:

The review I've submitted covers some of the larger points in a bit more detail, but to summarize, everything from navigation, to menus is finicky, hard to work with and slow.

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JoshKlint Jun 9 2014, 6:12pm replied:

Thanks for the feedback. I've been able to address a number of these issues recently. I didn't notice the viewport speed issue until you pointed it out, but once I did it was obvious. I fixed the bug and also added some mouse smoothing to make the navigation more fluid.

A new section for tutorials has also been created on the site here:

And of course there are over 200 pages of documentation here:

You might not be used to the constructive solid geometry approach to level design, but most people find it a lot simpler than trying to scale models precisely or build maps out of raw polygons.

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JonesAT Feb 7 2014, 12:18pm says:

Someone needs to push this one to the top!

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JonesAT Feb 3 2014, 10:28am says:

this really looks like an amazingly good engine.. would definitely buy it if i knew C++ and LUA

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1- inferior graphics when compared to Leadwerks 2.0... 2- convoluted, misleading and confusing (if not outright deceptive) promotional hype... 3- censorship on the forums of legitimate questions and comments... 4- the head of the company has followed me around the internet trying to get web publishers to delete my critical comments... a long time licensee and proponent for Leadwerks, i can no longer support the company and the direction it is heading... there are other more dependable and less expensive…

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